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April 16th, 2014

Educators from around the state speak during RIBOE meeting at town hall

April 16, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Rhode Island Board of Education held its monthly meeting before a crowded assembly room Monday at Narragansett Town Hall.

The business portion of the meeting was preceded by a lengthy public forum, which included comments from educators from around the state on a host of subjects.

Two local educators spoke on two different topics.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Road race scheduled for Memorial Day creates conflict in council chambers

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In what can only be described as a total commandeering of the town council meeting on Monday night, an estimated 20 supporters of the sanctity of Memorial Day made themselves known before the town council in protest of a town-approved road race scheduled on the somber national holiday around the same time as the parade.

Rachel Clough, a Peace Dale resident, military mom and originator of a petition with more than 150 signatures affixed, was the first to speak on the matter.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

URI plans to arm campus police

April 16, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The University of Rhode Island announced on Monday that it will soon begin the process to arm the campus police officers following years of public discussion and a renewed sense of urgency caused by the false-alarm gunman incident at the Chafee Social Science Center last year.

URI President David Dooley, South Kingstown Chief of Police Vincent Vespia, URI Public Safety Director Stephen Baker, House Rep. Spencer Dickinson (D - Dist. 35, South Kingstown) and the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement (IACLEA) share similar positions on the matter of arming the campus police.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 15th

Local school sends three to world championship

April 15, 2014

COVENTRY— Three students from The Kelly School of Irish Dance are gearing up to travel overseas to compete against multiple countries during the annual World Irish Dance (WIDA) Association world championship.

Meghan Kelly, owner and instructor of the studio, explained that Claire Jalbert, 13, Megan Quirk, 16 and Emily Pietrantozzi, 14, will be competing in the championship on April 19 and 20 in Germany.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

April 11th

Kayak Centre of Rhode Island appealing ruling on Middlebridge property

April 11, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Kayak Centre of Rhode Island is appealing Judge Kristin E. Rodgers’ ruling that the town of Narragansett didn’t violate state law or town ordinance in voting to reject all bids to run a paddle sports business at the town-owned Middlebridge property.

John C. Revens Jr., attorney for Narrow River Kayaks, said he received a notice of appeal this week that the Kayak Centre, represented by Attorney Robert Corrente, is appealing Judge Rodgers’ March 4 decision to the Supreme Court.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents of Sheldon Hill raise concerns during planning board hearing

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The public hearing continued from the March meeting of the planning board brought several of the same concerned citizens and neighbors of Sheldon Hill, formerly known as the Winter Street Subdivision, to speak on the drainage issues that the nearby development might cause.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Report: RI could generate millions in tax revenue selling marijuana

April 11, 2014

Rhode Island could generate between $21.5 million and $82 million in tax revenue each year by taxing legal adult sales of marijuana, according to a report released this week.

The new report by OpenDoors, “Estimated Effects of the Tax and Regulate Legislation in Rhode Island,” focuses on the tax benefits and criminal justice efforts of replacing the state’s current prohibition model with a system in which marijuana is taxed and regulated.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Valencia sponsors bill to reverse Bush-era tax cuts

April 11, 2014

STATE HOUSE – Rep. Larry Valencia says his legislation (2014-H 7552) reversing Bush-era tax cuts at the state level for Rhode Island’s highest earners is not only a matter of equity, but also an idea that would potentially boost the quality of the state’s workforce and the success of its businesses.

“The notion that prosperity trickles down has not been effective in improving Rhode Island’s economy. Instead of expecting prosperity to fall through the cracks toward the middle class and lower-earners, we should make the burden more equitable so those who most need to invest their limited resources on the things that enable them to get a good job, like higher education, child care and transportation, will be able to do so,” said Rep. Valencia (D-Dist. 39, Richmond, Hopkinton, Exeter). “More money in the pockets of middle and lower income Rhode Islanders means more money being spent at our local businesses. This legislation would be a very positive development for business.”

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Pier man arrested on forgery, perjury, obtaining money under false pretenses

April 11, 2014

A Narragansett man was arrested Wednesday after pretending to be an expert in ancient burial grounds.

Rhode Island State Police arrested Frederick F. Meli, 64, of 24 North Hillview Drive, Narragansett, on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses, forgery and perjury, after he misrepresented himself to the North Smithfield Town Council in 2007 when seeking employment with them.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SCH annual meeting talks include potential Southcoast Health System affiliation

April 11, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The annual meeting of the South County Hospital brought board members, staff and members of the public to discussion the past, present and future of the hospital, ending with a briefing on the work being done by administrators on an affiliation with the non-profit Southcoast Health System.

“Most of you know that our healthcare system has been involved in exploration of options for partnering with other health care systems. We do anticipate that we will reach an agreement with them,” said Eve Keenan, RN, Ed.D., chairperson of the hospital’s board trustees.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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